My dad’s 58th birthday is coming up. I had to sit and think about how old my dad will be because in my mind, he’s always about 35. (Grandma is 42 and I’m just now 26). But whether he’s 35 or 58 or 110, I have to say I have the coolest dad ever. I mean, like EVER. And not just that he’s a great dad (‘cause he is). But my dad is REALLY cool.
Growing up, dad was always into music. He was a drummer and had always had an eclectic musical taste. He was a station flipper when we were in the car but liked a lot of different stuff. I remember browsing through his CD’s for some of the stuff that my friends and I were listening to. He had Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots before I did. He had Enya before Enya was cool.
The best present I ever got my dad was tickets to see Stomp. I remember walking from my dorm room in college down to the Fox Theater to buy the tickets for Christmas. My older brother and I decided to go in on the gift and as I carried them home, I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face. I was not disappointed. We put them in one of those money holder cards and I’m pretty sure he thought they were a gift certificate. I was absolutely thrilled when I got to go with him to see the show. And it was REALLY cool. One of the coolest shows I’ve ever seen.
Dad and I saw a lot of theater together—we saw Phantom of the Opera, Taming of the Shrew and a couple of other shows I don’t remember the names of. Just the two of us. Very cool.
But perhaps the coolest thing about my dad is that at age 58, he’s in a band (actually a couple of them). He’s out most weekend nights playing the blues into the wee hours and even earning a bit of extra cash doing it. When my family came to visit us here in Philadelphia this past Christmas, Dad borrowed my car and GPS to head to King of Prussia to play the drums with a bunch of guys he only knew from the internet. He was out wherever they were playing until about 3am.
By the time most dad’s are 58, they’re starting to slow down. But my dad—he’s just getting started. And that’s pretty dang cool.